Following another successful year for the flagship exhibition for academic venues – the Academic Venue Showcase – Venuemasters, the academic venues member consortium, is reflecting on another successful year for its members. The last 12 months has seen the academic venue sector continue to host a variety of high-profile events, consistently proving itself as a force to be reckoned with in the MICE sector. In the final article of the series, Natalie Williamson, Venuemasters General Manager, is sharing with us this some of the events hosted by academic venues.
“The academic venue sector is no stranger to high profile events. During 2017 our members hosted a variety of events, including TV shows, sporting events and awards ceremonies, and we anticipate that in 2018 those events will. And of course, we’re delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Academic Venue Awards organised by Conference News.”
At the end of 2016, Gareth Malone’s The Choir: Best in Britain reached the semi-final stage, and Royal Holloway provided the back drop to the contest to find Britain’s most entertaining, undiscovered amateur choir. The choirs spent a week on campus, honing their singing skills in their own dedicated rehearsal space in one of The Windsor Building’s many flexible seminar rooms, with additional rehearsals taking place in the stunning non-denominational chapel.
With the space (both for people and parking), plus the technology available, TV shows are drawn to academic venues. BBC One’s popular antiques programme, Flog It, presented by Paul Martin, arrived at Nottingham during April. The film crew, guests and presenters took over the University of Nottingham’s Trent Building, for a weekend to film the flagship show.
And this month, the art deco Great Hall within the iconic People’s Palace at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will play host to the inaugural 2017 Academic Venue Awards, which take place on 22nd November. The event organised by Conference News will provide an opportunity to bring the UK’s top Academic Venues together with event buyers to network, share best practice, highlight progress and celebrate successes.
Commenting on the awards, Jennie Powell, QMUL’s Head of Events: “It’s important that academic venues showcase themselves to the widest possible audience to demystify stereotypes. As these are the first ever academic venue awards, we felt it was important to get them into our venue to show the investment QMUL has made and to shine a spotlight on what the space is capable of to buyers and competitors alike.”
For more information about the superb range of meeting and event spaces at academic venues visit; www.venuemasters.com.